In Memoriam

PAF Home

In Memoriam: Michael Parrington

The Philadelphia Archaeological Forum is sad to learn that one of our finest colleagues, and a dearest friend to many, Michael Parrington, has died. Mike Parrington passed away October 18th, 2014, very peacefully, at home, with family gathered all around him. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Michael Parrington, NJ Archaeologist.
Phila. Inquirer, October 28, 2014

Michael Parrington (1944–2014)

Michael Parrington passed away peacefully at home in Burlington City on Saturday, October 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was 70 and will be missed and remembered fondly by so many.

Born in Lancashire, England, he moved to the Philadelphia area in 1976 and was a prominent archaeologist in the Philadelphia community, coauthoring the book The Buried Past: An Archaeological History of Philadelphia in 1992. He was a fan of the Phillies and the Beatles, a lover of folk music and walking, a founder and supporter of many local archaeological societies, and an ardent reader and book collector.

He was the loving husband of Helen (Linny) Schenck, doting father to Megan, Alice, and Ellen, and adoring grandfather to Emma, Simon, and Ruby. He is also survived by his siblings, Alan, Graham, Lindsay, and Susan, and many nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 26th at 3:30 p.m. at the Burlington Friends Meeting House, 340 High Street, Burlington, NJ.

In lieu of flowers folks can donate in Mike’s memory to one of the archaeological societies that were closest to his heart: Philadelphia Archaeological Forum c/o Steve Tull, Treasurer, 437 High St., Burlington, NJ 08016; Archaeological Society of New Jersey c/o Michael Gall, Treasurer, 119 S. Main St., Medford, New Jersey 08055 (or online through the website,; or Oliver Evans Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology c/o Larry DeYoung, Treasurer, 54 N. Waterloo Rd., Devon, PA 19333.

In 2013, Michael Parrington was awarded the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum’s Award of Merit for his contributions to Philadelphia area archaeology. You can read about Michael’s accomplishments in the award letter award letter presented to him during the “Explore Philly’s Buried Past, 2013” award ceremony.


In Memoriam: Dan Roberts
20140612_inq_o-sroberts12-a Daniel G. Roberts, Philadelphia Archaeologist

IN MEMORIAM -- Daniel Crozier
It is with sadness that the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum informs you of the passing, on December 19th, of Daniel Crozier. As anyone familiar with Philadelphia archaeology knows, Dan’s contributions were pioneering and immensely important. Dan helped nurture the development of urban and historical archaeology in Philadelphia. He gave invaluable support to the founding of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum – our group, whose mission is to protect and preserve the archaeological resources in the Philadelphia region. In 2012, the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum bestowed one of its inaugural Awards of Merit to Dan in recognition of his many contributions. Dan’s passing is a personal and professional loss to many of us. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

hellerIn Memoriam: Douglas Heller